California Unemployment Information

California Unemployment Benefits


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California EDD Unemployment

If you live in the state of California and find yourself unemployed, click on the California state unemployment website http://www.eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov and follow the step-by-step instructions to complete your unemployment insurance benefits process under way. After clicking the link, click “Continue”, read the fine specific guidelines the state requires for unemployment and prepare to answer questions such as:

  • Did you work in California within the past eighteen months?
  • Did you serve as an elected public official or Governor within the past eighteen months?
  • Have you applied for unemployment insurance in any state other than California in the past twelve months?

Here is the vital information you must have to complete the filing process:

  • Your mailing and residential address
  • Your telephone number
  • State issued driver’s license or state i.d. number
  • The last date you were employed and the name, address and phone number of your previous employer
  • Earned wages from all employers you have had within the past eighteen months
  • Specific reason for your unemployed status (fired, quit, laid-off, etc…)
  • Information on your ability and willingness to work if it is offered to you.
  • Proof you are legally allowed to work in the United States

Submit Your Claim

California provides several options for filing unemployment claims. You may apply online on at https://eapply4ui.edd.ca.gov/ the Employment Development Department website. Additionally, you may call EDD at 1-866-333-4606 and to file unemployment claims by phone. Due to California’s sharp rise in unemployment, you may be on hold for a long time if you attempt to file by phone. The EDD strongly encourages individuals to file for unemployment online. Additionally, you may complete a paper application and mail it to the Employment Development Department, P. O. Box 826880 – UIPCD, MIC 40, Sacramento, CA 94280-0001.

Once you’ve submitted your claim, it will be reviewed by EDD, which may contact you or your employer by telephone for an interview. Once a decision has been made, you’ll receive a document from EDD indicating whether or not you qualify for unemployment insurance.

If you qualify for unemployment insurance, you’ll begin receiving payments. Each week, you’ll submit the Continued Claim Form, DE4581. This form requires you to reaffirm each week that you still qualify for the benefits you are receiving.

Due to the current demand on the EDD, it may take some time before you receive unemployment. File as soon as possible to begin receiving your payments. Filling for unemployment may seem like a lot of hoops to jump through, but it is the only way to begin receiving unemployment insurance payouts.

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